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UN Policy, United Kingdom

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The active policy of the United Kingdom with regard to the United Nations dates from before the foundation of the organization when, in 1941, the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed the Atlantic Charter together with US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The conduct of the UK in the Security Council showed where the priorities of its foreign policy lay in relation to the United Nations, with which states the UK cooperated primarily and where its interests collided with those of the majority of UN member states. The UK was one of the main actors in the Suez crisis, in whose settlement the United Nations played a decisive role. Other focal points of the British UN policy were the support for the nonproliferation regime for nuclear weapons (Disarmament), development issues (Development Cooperation of the UN System) and the respect for human rights.

Keywords: Atlantic Charter; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Security Council; Suez crisis; UN Policy; United Kingdom



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